Ions That Clean Your Teeth
First there were sonic toothbrushes. Now come ionic toothbrushes. A new generation of oral care products is using ionic technology to help remove plaque, clean teeth, and help whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide work more effectively.
There are a few ionic toothbrushes on the market, but the one that really caught our eye uses both ionic technology and
solar power. The handle of the toothbrush has a solar panel that converts light energy into negatively charged ions that are used to break up the plaque that forms on teeth.
Wait, so how does that work again? Plaque is acidic which means it contains positive hydrogen ions. Now think of ions like magnets — the negative ions released by the toothbrush attract the positive ions from the plaque, pulling apart the structure and disintegrating it. According to studies done by the NIH
, ionic toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque than traditional manual toothbrushes. Translation: It's not all just a bunch of New Age hooey.
Dr Jennifer Jablow, a New York-based cosmetics dentist, does however issue a word of warning: Even though the technology behind ionic toothbrushes is legit, some
may go as far as to say they work so well you can eliminate toothpaste altogether. And that's just wrong. No matter how good the brush technology is, Dr Jablow says you shouldn’t be brushing your teeth without using fluoride toothpaste every day.
Soladey Solar Ionic Toothbrush, $34.95, Soladey for distributors.